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Install Travertine around a Fireplace

Updated:2014-04-14 11:47:30
Travertine tile is a type of natural stone that closely resembles marble and typically comes in larger pieces than ceramic tiles. The tiles are heat resistant and durable, making them a good option for fireplace surrounds. Installing travertine tiles around the opening of a fireplace is very similar to installing a tile wall elsewhere in the home. After installation make sure the grout is properly cured before lighting a fire.

Instructions as follows:


Firstly, tape a large sheet of white craft paper over the fireplace opening and trace the interior hole and the exterior perimeter of the fireplace onto it with a pencil to create a template for where the tiles will go. Lay the template on the floor and lay the travertine tiles on it just as you want them installed.
Secondly, mark the edges of any travertine tiles that must be cut using a pencil. Cut the tiles by placing them into a tile cutter tool and lowering the blade to split them.
Thirdly, open a tub of premixed thinset mortar and scoop up 1 cup with a trowel. Smooth the mortar onto the surface of the fireplace until the existing bricks or paving stone are completely covered. Allow the mortar to dry for 24 hours.
Fourthly, cut a 1-inch by 3-inch board to the same width as the fireplace using a hand saw. Position it at the top edge of the fireplace opening so that the ends extend over either side of the opening. Secure it to the fireplace using a power driver and 2-inch masonry screws. This provides a brace to support the upper travertine tiles.

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